Western United will make history on Sunday afternoon when they make their Hyundai A-League debut in Wellington.
The A-League’s 11th club will do battle with the Phoenix in an epic round 1 clash.
The A-League’s all-time top goalscorer Besart Berisha could make his A-League return. The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory striker signed for the Green and Black last month after a short stint with Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.
Berisha will be looking to add to his total goal tally in the competition, currently standing at 106.
United's two international marquees are also poised to make their A-League debuts. Italian star Alessandro Diamanti and Greek international Panagiotis Kone will look to light up the competition from game one.
After United's final hitout last week against Western Sydney Wanderers, head coach Mark Rudan said there were a number of positives about the team's development leading into Round 1.
“There was a lot to like. For 60 minutes we totally controlled the game. We could’ve easily been three or four up at half time with the number of chances we had."
Former Socceroo Scott McDonald scored the opening goal for United after just 90 seconds.
“And we started the second half brightly, with another good opportunity for Scott.
“So it’s positive. Having these 11 players play together and execute what we’ve been working on in training, against very strong opposition, is nothing but positive.”
Sunday 13, October 2019
Kick-off: 4.00 AEDT
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: Kayo Sports
Did you know?
- Mark Rudan (Western United) was victorious in his A-League coaching debut last season when Wellington Phoenix defeated Newcastle Jets 2-1 in Round 1, 2018/19.
- Filip Kurto (Western United) made a competition-high 95 saves in A-League 2018/19 – albeit in the jersey of his former club, Wellington Phoenix.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
United’s first home in the A-League is Saturday, October 19 against reigning Premiers Perth Glory at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.
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